British Columbia

Drowned teen found in Qualicum Beach

The RCMP has recovered the body of a 17-year-old boy who fell into the waters of Little Qualicum Falls, a provincial park in Qualicum Beach, B.C.
Little Qualicum Falls is a steeply sloped canyon area, with fast moving water, deep pools, and powerful cascading falls. (RLC Park Services)

The RCMP has recovered the body of a 17-year-old boy who fell into the waters of Little Qualicum Falls, a provincial park in Qualicum Beach, B.C.

The teen had been climbing with friends on a rock face near the falls on Friday afternoon, when he fell into the water and did not resurface.

Friends have identified the teen as Lukas Whibley, who just graduated from a high school in nearby Parksville, B.C.

Little Qualicum Falls is a steeply sloped canyon area on Vancouver Island, with fast moving water, deep pools, and powerful cascading falls.

Searchers found the boy's body submerged in 15 feet of water, Lagan said.

Since the currents were quite dangerous, an RCMP dive team was tasked with retrieving the boy's body on Friday night.

Police say foul play has been ruled out in this incident, and the BC Coroners Service has now taken over the investigation.

With files from the CBC's Farrah Merali